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August 2015

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"We really want to capture the vibe of how we sound live." That simple statement can be thrilling, or terrifying, to the recording engineer. Live performances have so much energy and heart that capturing them as they happen can yield far better results than tracking one or two players at a time in isolation... but it's not easy to do. If you want to learn more about recording a band, whether in the studio or on a stage, you won't want to miss the August issue of RECORDING!

We welcome recording/post-production engineer and ace guitarist Alex Hawley to the RECORDING family with an extensive look at recording bands at home -- the elements of preproduction, setup, miking, and more, that let you successfully capture that feel of playing together live when you don't have access to a full studio. Also in this issue: a detailed look at what you have to bring to a live gig in order to get what you need for a band recording, and an in-depth examination of how to spend your budget wisely to set up for live show capture.

We've got a very cool slate of reviews in store for you as well: a mic and vocal isolator from MXL, Blue's fascinating new Hummingbird instrument mic, new in-ears from RHA, the amazing iConnectAUDIO4+ audio networking interface from iConnectivity, the beautiful Ventura mic preamp/EQ from A Designs, Eiosis' killer AirEQ plug-in and Output's hot new SIGNAL virtual instrument), and more.

Also in this issue: First Steps with Paul J. Stamler, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, on-the-scene looks at Sweetwater's GearFest in Fort Wayne and the Frank Serafine Sound Advice Tour in Denver, and much more. Whether you're interested in live recording or simply want to learn more about the best techniqes and technology for capturing the best sounds, you won't want to miss the August RECORDING!


Blue Hummingbird   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Blue's first pencil condenser mic offers great sound quality with a tried and tested capsule... all with an intriguing twist. Literally.

Read more in the August issue of RECORDING!

A-Designs Audio Ventura   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The classic sound of the Quad Eight mixing console comes to a rackmount channel strip that fits into any studio.

Q2 Audio ADR Compex F760X-RS   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A legendary multimodule dynamics processor makes a triumphant return, thanks to a new manufacturer with the blessing of the original maker.

RHA T10i In-Ear Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The Scottish firm famous for its affordable, high-quality Aerophonic in-ear designs launches a new series that's competitive with established pro brands. How does it fare?

Plug-In Outlet: Eiosis AirEQ Premium   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

From the fertile imagination of software guru Fabrice Gabriel comes an equalizer that combines traditional flexibility with Air, Earth, Fire, and Water...

iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO4+   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This audio/MIDI interface has built-in networking that combines two DAWs, whether on Windows, Mac OS X, or iOS, into a single powerful unit. And that's just the beginning.

MXL CR89 Condenser Mic and RF-100 Reflection Filter   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A solid entry-level condenser mic, and a portable isolation system to put it in.

Soundware Showcase: Audiobro LA Drama Drums   |   Reviewed by Gary Eskow

This drum virtual instrument provides an intuitive, fun way to create cinematic rhythm tracks that sound fantastic.

Soundware Showcase: Output SIGNAL   |   Reviewed by Jon Hillman

What's a "pulse engine"? It's a way to create rhythmic, evolving textures and soundscapes for all types of music, and it's at the center of this new virtual instrument.


Record Your Band At Home   |   Written by Alex Hawley

A step-by-step approach to capturing the basics of a song all at once in a home environment, preserving the energy of a band's live performance.

Budget Your Live Recording Rig   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Whether you have a little or a lot of money, there are solutions for capturing live sound that give great results and that you can afford.

First Steps. Part 8: Cables -- The Forgotten Component   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

We never think about them but they're vital to everything we do. Learn how to choose them, use them, and make them last a lifetime.

Fade Out   |   Written by Sven-Erik Seaholm

Vibe Is King.

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